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Wordsworth Joins Crawley
Thursday, 15th Jan 2015 10:34

Blues midfielder Anthony Wordsworth has joined League One Crawley Town on a 93-day loan.

The 26-year-old, whose Town contract is up at the end of the season, has just returned from a half-season spell at Rotherham where he rarely featured, making just three starts and three sub appeararances - the last of them in October - and scoring one goal.

Speaking last week, manager Mick McCarthy reiterated that neither Wordsworth nor striker Paul Taylor, who was also on loan with the Millers, would be in his plans on their return to Town.

"They won’t be coming back and playing," he said. "It’s up to them to get themselves clubs or get themselves deals elsewhere."

Crawley manager Dean Saunders is pleased to add Wordsworth, who joined the Blues from Colchester in January 2013, to his squad ahead of their trip to Rochdale on Saturday.

“I’m delighted Anthony has agreed to come here because he’s going to be a great addition to our squad in an area of the team we need to strengthen," Saunders told the Red Devils official site.

“He’s aggressive, mobile and he can bring goals to the team as well. I know he’s looking forward to a new challenge with us over the next three months and to be playing regularly in League One."

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DublinBlue84 added 10:35 - Jan 15
Now just to get rid of Taylor....

Jimmy86 added 10:39 - Jan 15
For me out of all of the loanee's that were told they have no future woody is the most strange 1. Yea unlike Hyam he doesn't run around at 100 miles an hour clattering into people, but also unlike hyam he is capable of passing a football to a team mate!!!!

bluefeast added 10:46 - Jan 15
Jimmy86 i totally agree. Fact is Hyam is technically poor and looking at the last 2 games seriously lacking confidence. I even wonder if he has the belief to be a pro footballer in the championship.

Kentish_Tractor added 10:52 - Jan 15
Crawley manager Dean Saunders is pleased to add Wordsworth... “He’s aggressive, mobile and he can bring goals to the team as well."

Since when? Are they sure they signed the right player?

cromwellblue added 10:55 - Jan 15
Amazing, people still questioning MM decisions.

This guy couldn't get a regular spot in a struggling team but we should still have him?

The fact neither he or Taylor are extending at Rotherham proves MM was right.

Lathers added 11:05 - Jan 15
We need to strengthen the squad now. This past week has shown that we need some additions and also a Plan B. The midfield quartet was awful last night and we need another decent striker. I know McCarthy doesn't want to break the team spirit by bringing in a load of new guys, but let's face it, if we do go up then he's going to have to pretty much change the starting XI anyway. May as well start the process now.

SouperJim added 11:36 - Jan 15
Get off Hyam's back. Yes he's had a couple of weak performances, but they have been against very good sides where we have struggled to impose ourselves. He has not become a bad player overnight and he doesn't deserve such fickle support.

bluefeast added 11:42 - Jan 15
SouperJim. The central midfield area needs players who have comfort with the ball , and can up to support and indeed get ahead of a front two by making runs. Im not saying hyam is a bad player ,just a player who is not good enough to impose his strengths on a game. So if you look at Hyams stats they read woeful , Tackles won , pass success rate , goals scored , assists. Compare his stats across championship sides across 10 20 30 40 or 50 games which is the largest number of games you can research. Hyam is bottom 10 percent across all areas. So why do you think he is a good player >?

WoodfordTim added 12:06 - Jan 15
Feel sorry for Wordsworth. Good luck at Crawley. Thought he was skillful and had a goal in him. Reading the comments about Luke Hyam here, I think he could himself a favour by having a haircut, so that he's not having to continually attend to his barnet during games. Oh and Paul Taylor. Have a read of 'Wikipedia' about his career.

BlueMachines added 13:10 - Jan 15
Woody aggressive? Really? From the physio's table maybe!!

Jimmy86 added 13:11 - Jan 15
SouperJim it is very true that we have played 2 very good sides in our last 2 matches and sadly Hyam, who clearly divides the fan base somewhat, has played poorly in both matches. Now surely if we want to return to the premiership then we will be playing good teams, week in week out and these last 2 matches have proven that he is not really up to premiership standard. Yes he adds bite and tenacity to midfield, but in the last 2 games we have not even seen that. He is no doubt ring rusty after his injury lay off, but if we are honest we need better. The defence go long when he plays as they don't trust giving him the ball, they bypass him

JoeDickerson420 added 13:32 - Jan 15
I think the by-passing the MF last night probally had something to do with how well Southampton tracked us down and were putting us under constant pressure from the get go. think we coped pretty well considering there pushing champions league this year.
if it was Barcelona 1 ipswich 0 we would all probaly feel pretty pleased with the team (As long as 100% was given out on the pitch)

mickymacsbarmyarmy added 16:10 - Jan 15
will be wordsworth 3rd club this that allowed, thought the ruling was you can only play for 2 clubs a season..only thought of this as ben arfa has apparently been stopped from playing for his new french team as he had already appeared for newcastle & hull this season..anyone shed any light ??

jas0999 added 17:29 - Jan 15
I assume there is an attitude issue with Wordsworth? Our other strikers are hard workers, but don't score nor frankly create a lot. Wordsworth is central player who paces forward and gets forward. Surely there is room in our woefully thin squad for a player like that? Still, five players gone since start of December, hunt gone then back, but otherwise no one else in. Does Evans realise we have a chance of promotion, but need a stronger squad, particularly back up?

bohslegend added 18:46 - Jan 15
Disagree Jas.

As has been mentioned he failed to impress at Rotherham as well as with us. How many chances should a player get before you form an opinion on him?

oddball added 19:04 - Jan 15
Its true, as jas says, we do need to add players to our squad but wordy not one, failure at Rotherham speaks volumes.

Ipswichbusiness added 19:05 - Jan 15
It's a shame; when he signed for us I thought he would become a regular starter for us. Obviously it hasn't worked out. Good luck Wordsworth!

Surco72 added 19:56 - Jan 15
How many chances did Nouble have before it was realised he was not good enough for this league 40 - 50 ?

Tractorog added 00:49 - Jan 16
The team, slaggers are out in force again. There are plenty of premiership teams that will do worse this year against Southampton than we did. We were out classed, but Southampton are a top 3 side. Also although we lacked a cutting edge and they were "in second gear" they had few clear cut chances and the goal had a touch of fortune about it. Staying in the prem requires that you beat the teams around you. I am not sure we will stay up if we went up, but I'd be happy trusting Mick to do his best and this team to keep its togetherness and optimism. Who knows maybe ME will put his hand in his pocket and blow our £10k record signing fee. ;-)

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